A relatively early use of Letraset’s Tintoretto, on the book jacket of a German translation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, originally published in 1831 under the French title Notre-Dame de Paris. This edition by the Austrian Eduard Kaiser Verlag is from 1973. The Tintoretto revival was added to Letraset’s library of dry transfer designs in 1971.
The typeface is partly used in all caps, probably to increase the number of quaint glyphs like the uncial E, the round symmetrical M, or the R with a diagonal leg that starts at the top right corner. Named after Renaissance painter Tintoretto (1518–1594), it obviously was chosen to add a period flavor to the novel set in 1482. The type is set on top of an image showing the tracery of a Gothic pointed arch window.
Tintoretto was originally issued by Schelter & Giesecke in 1894, as part of a Renaissance-themed series of typefaces for bichromatic printing. The subset named Tintoretto consisted of a shaded style named Virgil which could be filled with the corresponding Aldo Manutio.